The ParaPro Assessment was developed in response to the federal legislation. The law requires that beginning January 8, 2002, paraprofessionals (Regular Educational Assistants and Special Educational Assistants) be required to have one of the following:
- An associate of arts degree; or
- Two years of college; or
- Demonstrated, through a state or local academic assessment, knowledge of, and the ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and math.
The ETS® ParaPro Assessment measures skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics, and writing, as well as the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to assist in classroom instruction. The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions across the subject areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. Approximately two-thirds of the questions in each subject area focus on basic skills and knowledge, and approximately one third of the questions in each subject area focus on the application of those skills and knowledge in a classroom context. Fifteen of the questions in the test (five in each subject) are pretest questions and do not count toward the test taker’s score. The test questions are arranged by subject area, in the order of reading, mathematics, and writing.
View the current ParaPro Assessment Information Bulletin linked on the ETS website to find out the most current information related to at-home testing, testing device requirements, test preparation, and testing procedures.